Update: Central California SPCA wants out of animal control with Fresno. Fresno Humane Animal Services says it’s ready to help


Leader with Fresno Humane Animal Services tells CBS47, it’s ready to step up and help the city of Fresno now that the Central California SPCA decided to no longer provide animal control for the city next year.

Fresno Humane Animal Services Board President Brenda Mitchell says, “We are definitely ready to move to the city contract if it becomes available, absolutely!”

Fresno Humane Animal Services took over animal control for the county of Fresno about 4 years ago.

Come Fall of 2020, the non-profit will move into a new facility.

But Mitchell says if the city picks them to run animal control for Fresno, a seperate building will still need to be built.

Mitchell says, “Separation is important on the sheltering end of it. We look forward to having two separate facilities because it’s going to make it a lot of easier for the people of Fresno. But also it allows us to handle populations a little bit better.”

Mitchell did say money could be saved with having only one call center for the public.

Meanwhile, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand says he plans to bring a plan to the city council by September 19th.

The plan will include either renovating a building in the city or purchasing acreage for a new facility.

Mayor Brand says, “There is nothing in the budget right now for a new facility. It will most likely be bonded. Probably a ten year bond and then have to find the income stream to cover the debt service about $1.2 million – $1.3 million a year.”

The new facility will likely cost around $12 to $15 million and could take up to two years to be built.

Mayor Brand hopes the CC-SPCA will work with the city and give them more time.

CBS47 asked the Central California SPCA.

Central California SPCA Spokesperson Walter Salvari says, “I’m sure we will have continuous talks on that and until those talks are finalized we will not have a statement for that.”

Mayor Brand says besides bonds the city will seeking donations, anything to off set the cost to build a shelter.

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